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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Plan to test drivers with a medical condition

CAMPAIGN: Gardai test motorists for drink-driving at random checkpoint
CAMPAIGN: Gardai test motorists for drink-driving at random checkpoint

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched an initiative to help people who have suffered a sudden illness to get back onto the road.

A public consultation process has begun on the issue of Medical Fitness to Drive (MFTD), an assessment that generally arises when a doctor wants further information on a person's competence to get behind the wheel.

The initiative aims to outline the process around MFTD guidelines, such as how a newly acquired disability could impact on driving a car.

An assessment could be carried out on a person who has recently suffered a stroke or heart attack, or if an individual's existing medical condition has worsened.

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It also looks to outline the rules regarding a person's change in age, as someone who is over the age of 70 is required to receive a regular assessment of driving every one to three years.

Professor Des O'Neil, director of the National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine, which co-launched the initiative, welcomed the public consultation.

"Many professionals and stakeholders are involved with MFTD, and few European countries have clarified the roles and pathways involved. This consultation is an important step in clarifying roles and pathways in Ireland," Mr O'Neill added.

The RSA's director of driver testing and licensing Declan Naughton said the organisation "greatly welcomes" the public's views on the matter.

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